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Trust in Christ (1878)

Christ has promised that if you will but love and trust Him, and commit all confidingly into His Hand, He will make all...



Death of Ambrose of Milan, a bishop of many talents. He will later be considered one of the four Latin fathers. He had been one of the “tools” God used to lead Augustine of Hippo to Christ.

Authority for the date: Standard Encyclopedias.


Death of Isidore, archbishop of Seville, a Spanish scholar famous for his Etymologies, an encyclopedia of early medieval knowledge that used liberal arts and secular learning as the foundation of Christian education.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Constantinople of Platon, an uncle of Theodore the Studite. The funeral oration Theodore composes for his uncle will become one of the most important sources for the history of Theodore’s family. (Theodore will be famous as a champion for the restoration of icons.)

Authority for the date: Pratsch, Thomas. Theodoros Studites (759-826) — Zwischen Dogma und Pragma. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 199


Death of controversial Pope Formosus. His bones will be exhumed and his corpse tried by Pope Stephen VI but he will be reburied with full honors in St. Peter’s the following year under Pope Romanus.

Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages.


Emperor Alexius Comnenus is crowned emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine). He will do much to restore its strength and his appeal to the West for military assistance will be a major factor in instituting the crusades.

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Leonard Kopp helps twelve nuns escape from their cloister at Nimschen in Saxony, hidden in his fish barrels. One of them, Katherina von Bora, will wed Martin Luther.

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Death in Amsterdam of Episcopius, leading Arminian theologian.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


King Charles II of England, still in exile, issues the Breda Declaration, making promises that he will violate soon after his return to England, among them “We do declare a liberty to tender consciences; and that no man shall be disquieted, or called in question, for differences of opinion in matters of religion which do not disturb the peace of the kingdom.” He will be a great persecutor of Presbyterians and of Independents such as John Bunyan.

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King James II of England issues a Declaration of Indulgence, granting full liberty of worship in England. Because he goes around the constitution by not consulting Parliament, even many of its beneficiaries are displeased.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt receives its first complete performance at the King’s Theatre, London.

Authority for the date: Upton, George P. Standard Oratorios.


Charles Wesley preaches his famous sermon, “Awake, thou that sleepest,” to the University of Oxford. Printed, the sermon will became Methodism’s most popular tract.

Authority for the date: Jackson, Thomas, ed. The Sermons of John Wesley.


Death of John Campbell, a Scottish businessman, missionary, preacher, and philanthropist. He had founded a tract society, numerous Sunday schools, societies for disgraced women, and a Bible society. At the request of the London Missionary Society he had even inspected mission work in South Africa. Among his charitable activities he brought Africans to Britain for training and advocated the abolition of the slave trade.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography


Death from pneumonia of Asa Mahan, an American holiness leader and the first president of Oberlin College and of Adrian College. One of the last things he said to his wife Mary was, “Let us praise God, my dear, for all his goodness today before you go.”

Authority for the date: Madden, Edward H. and James E. Hamilton. Freedom and Grace. Methuen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1982.


The BBC broadcasts “The New Man,” the seventh and last of C.S. Lewis’s pre-recorded fifteen-minute talks known as “Beyond Personality,” all of which will later be included in his book Mere Christianity.

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Brazil’s leading Catholics side with dictator General Castelo Branco against the social democrat João Goulart, issuing a manifesto entitled “Brazil Has Decided for Freedom” in which they denounce atheistic communism.

Authority for the date: A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America


Assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, of Baptist minister the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a vocal advocate of civil rights.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Sun Yanli, a hymn-writer and an eminent leader in the Three-Self Patriotic Church, the government-sanctioned church of China. Despite his associations, he was cruelly persecuted for several years during the Cultural Revolution.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

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